October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month so here is some information about what SCA is. When someone has sudden cardiac arrest, it means that their heart has stopped beating unexpectedly due to an electrical issue with the heart. This is a very serious medical condition that can be life-threatening if not treated promptly. During sudden cardiac arrest, the heart muscle suddenly stops working and is unable to pump blood to the body. This results in a lack of oxygen to the brain and other vital organs, which can cause death.
The most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest is an abnormal heartbeat called ventricular fibrillation. This is when there is an abnormal electrical rhythm in the lower chambers of the heart, causing them to quiver instead of pumping blood. Other causes of sudden cardiac arrest can include coronary artery disease, heart attack, or an imbalance in the body's electrolytes.
Treatment for sudden cardiac arrest is immediate medical attention, including CPR and defibrillation, using an AED (automated external defibrillator). This is accomplished by delivering a shock to the heart, which can restore the normal rhythm of the heart. Medications, such as epinephrine, may also be used by an EMS provider, to restore blood flow and provide oxygen to the organs.
Sudden cardiac arrest is a serious medical emergency that can be fatal if not treated quickly and is important for bystanders to implement the Call.Push.Shock.™ method immediately, while awaiting for emergency personnel to arrive. CALL: call 911 PUSH: deliver chest compressions SHOCK: apply the AED/defibrillator and follow the verbal instructions from the device. Be sure to continue chest compressions and defib instructions until EMS arrives.
Quick and proper action as directed above can help save a life. Need to learn CPR or need a refresher? Contact Starting Hearts at email@example.com